Dreams, Dreams, Everywhere Dreams

 

Artwork by Aaron Keleny Parks

Paulo Coelho re-blogged about dreams on Sunday. Garrison Kiellor picked a poem on dreams on Monday. I feel I need to add my two cents to this silent conversation.

 The dreams they are referring to are the ones we consciously think about, not the ones that we unconsciously create in the dark of night {though that is an interesting topic as well}.

The poem that Garrison shares by Marge Piercy poses the question: “Where do dreams come from?” She suggests it’s books. I agree, a good book can inspire and kindle a dream, but so can a good movie, or a conversation, or even a good walk alone in the woods. Our dreams are already there, and if we don’t see  them ourselves, there are things around us that can enlighten us to our dreams or perhaps they can be called our passions. They will come to us eventually, if we are open to it.

Ah, but then there is the issue of nurturing those dreams. Paulo talks about the recipe that leads to the death of our dreams – time, our certainties, and peace (or complacency).  It can’t be argued that these things can definitely squelch a dream, but the thing that is curious about dreams or passions is that the wise say that we need to detach ourselves from outcome of what we are dreaming of, or working toward. I know why they say this. Getting all worked up about the outcome of your dream is a real way to sabotage it right out of the gate. We work at our best when we are not incumbered by such anxieties, when we do what we do for the sake of doing it, because that is what we need to do, because that is an expression of who we are (and – our dreams about – who we want to be).

But there is the rub; it is a dream after all, so we do want it to come to fruition. Ah, one of the lovely dichotomies of life.

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